Ford appointed Andreas Schamel as its first European-based director of Global Powertrain, Research and Advanced Engineering on October 1st, 2012. In addition, Schamel has been leading the European Ford Research & Innovation Center in Aachen, Germany, since 2009 where he is also based.
Prior to his current positions Schamel was chief engineer Powertrain Research and Advanced Engineering Europe, in parallel with his role as managing director of the Ford Research Centre.
Previous to this, he worked as chief engineer, Engine Research, Research and Advanced Engineering for Ford Motor Company, based in Dearborn, Mich. USA. His responsibilities included research, advanced development and testing of gasoline engines and diesel engines for North America as well as leading hydrogen internal combustion engine fleet and research.
Before his placement in North America Schamel was manager, Gasoline Powertrain Research and Advanced Engineering Europe, and led the development of gasoline direct injection technology for Ford.
Schamel has been with Ford since 1987, starting in component analysis computer aided engine engineering at the company's Development Centre in Cologne. His background in engines spans 21 years, with primary qualifications in mechanical engineering, a M.Sc. in advanced automotive engineering and a PhD focusing on valve spring dynamics, both from Loughborough University of Technology, England.